Private Clouds

The Best Private Cloud Providers

Grazed from BusinessNewsDaily. Author: Sarah Angeles.

For many businesses considering cloud computing, a public cloud where servers are shared by multiple companies fits the bill. For those that need tighter security and more control, however, a private cloud is just what the chief information officer ordered.

Whether an organization needs to limit access to their cloud, is looking to meet compliance standards or requires an extra layer of protection to prevent cyberattacks, private clouds can give that peace of mind. With the myriad of cloud providers available and the rapid pace at which the industry is changing, it can be a challenge finding the best private cloud provider for your organization...

How to consolidate and integrate the public and private cloud

Grazed from CloudComputing News. Author: Lee Fisher.

Most households have many services to keeping things ticking. No two households are the same; they have different priorities, values and structures, and different services suit different households. Water, gas and electricity all come from separate service providers, so if the electricity goes down in a house, it is not left in the cold. Like a household, organisations are unique and something that works for one organisation, may not work for its competitors.

Choices, choices, choices

Like household utility services, cloud services are designed to bring agility, simplicity, efficiency and self-service capabilities to a business. Organisations have freedom of choice in terms of selecting infrastructure and services; but in order to make the right choice it is vital organisations have an understanding of what the business requires and the capabilities of existing infrastructure...

Dell updates private cloud to become PCI compliant

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Looking to solidify its refocused efforts on private cloud platforms, Dell today rolled out new features to improve security and manageability of its offerings. Dell now offers a payment card industry (PCI)-compliant cloud computing service. It also rolled out a new choice that allows customers to rent Dell-owned and operated hardware in their data centers. Dell is also expanding its cloud-based applications, adding a disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) option.

The moves come months after Dell announced plans to refocus its cloud computing strategy more on its private cloud business, instead of the public cloud market. The company had been developing an OpenStack-powered public cloud, but it halted those development efforts to focus on private and managed clouds this summer...

Build It Right The First Time - 3 Steps for Agile Private IaaS

Grazed from VMWare. Author: Jung Hwang.

Imagine you are a general contractor building a house for a family. Without meeting them, you decide it should have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. When the family moves in, you have to begin renovating immediately—they have four teenage daughters and a baby on the way.

We all know that adding another bedroom, another bathroom, and doubling the garage is more costly and time consuming than it would have been to build the house to fit the family in the first place. So why do IT organizations so often make the same mistake when building out the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) environment?...

"Private SaaS" Emerges as the Next Wave of Innovation Beyond Private Cloud Within the Enterprise

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Corent Technology, the first IBM Technology Provider Partner certified as "Ready for IBM SmartCloud," today announced the publication of a new whitepaper that examines how an innovative Private SaaS platform enables enterprises to take even greater advantage of the efficiencies of the cloud.

"Private SaaS: The Next Big Wave of Innovation for the Enterprise" outlines the significant economic gains and utility of Private SaaS within an enterprise and its "extended enterprise" that includes vendors, customers and supporting partners...

Disney Builds Private Cloud for Videogame Empire

Grazed from Wired. Author: Klint Finley.

Cloud computing isn’t just a new way of hosting and running applications. It’s also a new way to think about how applications are designed in the first place, how they store and retrieve data. Joe Arnold was the chief technology officer at Engine Yard, a San Francisco company that offers a cloud service where developers can house their applications, and over the last half decade, he witnessed firsthand the shift towards a new way of building software that runs across tens, hundreds, or even thousands of servers. “We were watching people build more mobile and web applications,” he says. “And how they used storage was a lot different from how it started when we first started doing infrastructure.”

That was because Engine Yard plugged into a cloud storage service from Amazon known as Simple Storage System, or S3. By stripping away many characteristics of traditional storage systems — such as the hierarchical “file folder” style of organization — S3 and systems like it can provide more speed and scalability while remaining extremely reliable. It’s an approach called “object storage,” and thanks to Amazon, it has become a popular way for websites and web applications to serve static content, such as images, videos, and other media...

Cloud Computing 101: Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud

Grazed from Servora.  Author: Editorial Staff.

In order to save on the cost of IT maintenance and installation, many companies have chosen to use cloud computing. Cloud computing has allowed companies to experience the benefits of Software-as-a-Service, strengthening their businesses and make them more efficient all around without the capital expense. But how do you know if you should engage in a private or public cloud?

In order to understand the question being asked, let us first define cloud computing. Cloud computing is essentially SaaS by internet with faster setup and scalability. Once the cloud is set up, these programs, applications and processes are accessed via the internet. The cloud is maintained by the cloud vendor and is paid per use by the company...

Cloud Computing: Public, private or hybrid...

Grazed from ITWeb. Author: Christo Briedenhann.

There's no question that the growth of the cloud computing market has generated a lot of discussion, creating almost as much debate and conversation as it has confusion. But one thing is certain: cloud computing has clearly moved from buzz to business, and has changed the nature of IT delivery in the process. Just consider the numbers. According to analyst firm IDC, the cloud software market reached $22.9 billion in revenue in 2011, and will grow to $67.3 billion by 2016. Not to mention the billions that will be spent on infrastructure to support private and hybrid clouds.

The different types of clouds – private, public, and hybrid – are generally lumped under the cloud computing banner. But they are in fact different. Deciding which is best could add friction to a decision to shift applications, data, and services off-premises...

Lenovo Simplifies Cloud Computing for SMBs with EMC VSPEX Private Cloud Solutions

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Lenovo today announced a comprehensive and validated architecture design to help small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) implement a private cloud environment. Lenovo supports EMC's VSPEX(TM) program, which specifies EMC-validated technology -- including Lenovo ThinkServers -- to assemble a virtualization solution that's pre-tested and proven to meet the IT challenges SMBs often face, such as mitigating costs associated with supporting IT infrastructure and accelerating IT service delivery.

"Lenovo ThinkServer as a core component of a validated VSPEX architecture, specifies leading virtualization, server, and network technology to create a complete virtualization solution that enables SMBs to spend less time and money on IT infrastructure and more time on their business," said Darrel Ward, vice president, Enterprise Product Group. "SMBs and channel providers will benefit from Lenovo's VSPEX private cloud solutions, which are designed to scale and perform in a simple-to-deploy, single rack."...

Time to Lay the Groundwork for the Private Cloud

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Arthor Cole.

The enterprise is fast approaching a critical juncture in the development of virtual and cloud architectures – the point at which public, private and hybrid infrastructure starts to meld into a unified data architecture. But while the idea of a fully seamless environment in which applications and data can burst across internal and external infrastructure at will is still a little fuzzy, the fact remains that cloud computing will soon become the norm for the enterprise, rather than the exception. And that means the pressure is on to convert existing silo-based infrastructure into a private cloud.

Too bad we don’t have a magic pill to make it happen. Instead, enterprise executives are forced into a soup-to-nuts evaluation of existing infrastructure, followed by a detailed plan as to how they intend to convert it into something that is still largely undefined. Industry-wide, however, the knowledge base is steadily increasing, and a quick scan of what some early adopters have learned can make the cloud transition a lot easier for all...